Capping a week punctuated by stratospheric prices, Sotheby's impressionist/ modern sale tonight fetched $144.2 million, the firm's highest tally for a single session since May 1990. Nine of the 45 lots failed to find buyers, affecting the whopping presale estimate of $150.3-205.9 million. A rousing 26 lots sold for more than $1 million and three artist records were broken. The evening action resumes Tuesday with contemporary art at Christie's.

Top Five Prices

Amedeo Modigliani, "Seated Nude on a Divan (Beautiful Roman Woman)"

$16.7 million (Sale price)

$12-16 million (Estimate)

The erotically charged composition from 1917 has all the attributes of an A-plus picture for a Modigliani hunter, and the record price proved it. Reportedly consigned by Prince Jefri, the financially squeezed younger brother of the Sultan of Brunei, the stunning painting last sold in Paris in 1987 for $7.19 million.

Paul Cezanne, "Earthenware Jug"

$16.7 million (Sale price)

$18-25 million (Estimate)

A petite version of the still life that sold for a record $60.5 million at Sotheby's in May, this picture is described by Sotheby's impressionist expert Charles S. Moffett, the former director of the Phillips Collection, as "perfectly beautiful." Its more expensive relation now resides at the Bellagio Gallery of Fine Art in Las Vegas after the anonymous auction buyer last May couldn't consummate the purchase.

Claude Monet, "In the Meadow"

$15.4 million (Sale price)

$16-20 million (Estimate)

Reclining in a lush meadow of wildflowers, the artist's wife, Camille, reads under an umbrella. The painting sold for a staggering $24 million at Sotheby's London in 1988, and was another treasure of Prince Jefri.

Edgar Degas, "Fourteen-Year-Old Dancer"

$12.37 million (Sale price)

$9-12 million (Estimate)

Another Prince Jefri entry, the scrawny dancer is the most famous bronze in Degas' posthumous career as a sculptor (the casts were made from his waxes after his death in 1917). Last sold at Sotheby's in November 1988 for $10.17 million, this time it fetched a record for Degas sculpture.

Claude Monet, "Three Poplars: Overcast Sky"

$11 million (Sale price)

$10-15 million (Estimate)

One of 24 in a famed series, the picture was first exhibited in 1892 at Galerie Durand-Ruel in Paris.

Red-Faced Failure

Pablo Picasso, "Boy With Collar"

$10-15 million (Estimate)

Painted in Paris in 1905 when Picasso was still struggling as a starving artist, the solitary circus performer, part of Picasso's famed "Saltimbanque" series, looks pensive, perhaps a depiction of the artist's emotions. Last sold at Sotheby's in November 1995 for $12.1 million, it flopped tonight at $9.5 million.

Best Bargain

Marc Chagall, "Russian Village: From the Moon"

$8.25 million (Sale price)

$9-12 million (Estimate)

Part cubist jigsaw puzzle and part nostalgic narrative of the artist's home town of Vitebsk, the picture has been in the same German family collection since circa 1920.

Hottest Lot

Alberto Giacometti, "Three Men Who Walk I"

$5.72 million (Sale price)

$3-4 million (Estimate)

A superb cast from 1948 with a matte gold patina, the three slender figures stride across an otherwise deserted city square. It was one of the few works tonight to leap past their high estimate, selling to the New York/London Bruton Gallery.